Methods of Hair Removal

There are umpteen dozen ways of getting rid of your body hair, the most common methods I’ve listed below but I’m sure some of you guys out there have invented a few of your own crazy methods, probably when you’ve had way to much Vodka I’d say, and your confidence is over inflated more so than that jumping castle you hired for the kids birthday party earlier that day.

For those of you out there that are not living on the edge then, here are some of the most common ways of getting sex now that you no longer have hairy balls or a hairy back. I’ve also included a note as to whether or not I offer them as a service ……. And we’re talking about whether I offer the various methods that is, not the sex.

The links below will take you to a brief which will also provide you with a link to the subject in more detail should you want to read on, and on, and on, and on .....

 

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Chemical

Physical Technological
Depilatory creams Shaving Laser
Bleaching Waxing IPL
Drugs Sugaring Electrolysis
Acid Threading Mechanical
  Plucking Eplilation
  Abrasives Clippers
  Friction Electric razors

 

Chemical Hair Removal

These products depend on the chemical reactions to break down the disulphide bonds in keratin to weaken hair to the point of being able to be simply wiped off or washed off in the shower, unfortunately if used incorrectly can also cause a few other ‘little’ mishaps. Chemical hair removal evidence dates back to 4000 B.C. and were often made with combinations of arsenic and quicklime which we know these days are extremely poisonous and surely the smell of burning skin, rotting flesh or some form of irritation would’ve made that obvious but in the name of beauty and social standing I’m sure they persevered … crazy numb nuts.

  • Depilatory Creams
    • (nah, don’t offer it as a service, acid smell of melting hair doesn’t do it for me)
  • Bleaching
    • Will only make the hair ‘invisible’ and used predominately for women’s lips ….. on the face.
      • (nah, don’t offer it as a service, used to get my hair bleached and that was painful enough)
  • Acid
    • Not recommended as this’ll take off more than your hair !
      • ( no, and I certainly don’t recommend this as an option, although it has been used to dispose of dead bodies I hear )
  • Drugs
    • (Hmmmm …. Damn, nah, don’t offer it as a service)

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Physical Hair Removal

When ripped out by the root the hair takes longer to grow back simply because it has to start growing all over again, it has to develop from the root, claw its way to the surface of the skin before it can gasp its first breath of fresh air before the stress of knowing that when it becomes too noticeable, it’ll be ripped out again only to have to start the whole friggin’ process again …. Ground Hog Day !

  • Shaving
    • (nah, don’t offer it as a service, it’s way to fiddly time consuming, wet and messy)
  • Plucking
    • (I’ll always go in for the pluck should a straggler or two present themselves to me)
  • Threading
    • (nah, don’t offer it as a service although I do use a lot of threads when making my ‘speedos’ swimwear range that I sell from my studio .. hint hint)
  • Abrasives
    • (nah, don’t offer it as a service, but check out Bunnings in the sandpaper section)
  • Waxing
    • (absolutely I do, and I’m bloody good at it)
  • Sugaring
    • (Nah, don’t offer it as a service, only in a coffee or is fantastic in a Pavlova !)
  • Rubbing/Friction
    • Where you get together with your partner of choice and get totally naked, through the act of friction, rub the area to be treated against each other as slow or as fast as you like until all the unwanted hair has rubbed away. No oils or lubricants are permitted as body slides are not recommended, but this method does have its drawbacks :
    • It could be a bit like being a boy scout and trying to start a fire, you may run the risk of spontaneously combusting …. You will lose all your body hair but may also lose your partner to ashes too
    • If your fitness levels aren’t that good you’ll be buggered before half the hair is gone.
    • Although no oils or lubricants are recommended, should some form of wet patch ‘suddenly’ appear then one or both of you will lose interest and the smell of cigarette being lit may ruin the rest of the night, your experiment will be over !
      • ( Umm NO, I don’t offer this service )

 

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Technological Hair Removal

As with all things, knowledge brings understanding and with the research into skin biology scientists began to finally understand the inner workings of hair growth. To get rid of hair permanently the hair must be killed at the root (follicle) where the whole hair growth process thingy starts to happen. Developed in the 1880s, Galvanic electrology was the first method to do this successfully by inserting a super thin metal probe into the skin pores and using an electric charge, knocked out the root … sounds like an ad for sexpo.

  • Electrolysis
    • (Nope, don’t offer it as a service … unless you want me to jab a needle into you and connect it up to the car battery, or better still the generators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ?)
      • Galvanic Electrolysis
      • Thermolysis Electrolysis
      • ‘Blend’ Electrolysis
      • Electric Tweezers
  • IPL – Intense Pulse Light
    • (nah, don’t offer it as a service as I bought what I think is a better technology for your and my needs)
  • LASER – Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
    • (Yes I have this technology now, at the time of me crapping on here it’s also the only one of its type in Australia, cutting edge technology and something you should consider … not that I’m biased in any way mind you)

 

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Mechanical Hair Removal

(giddy-up ! nah, don’t offer it as a service but I do have a few mechanical devices )

  • Epilation
    • Ever hear the high pitched screams coming from the neighbours bathroom window ? They just may be from the husband who, while the wife is out, has grabbed her little epilady machine to try out on his legs .... although you'd never hear the wife scream when she uses it.
  • Clippers
    • These have been around for millions of years since some brilliant mind decided to electrify the common garden shears.
  • Electric Razors
    • For those of you that don't mind not being totally smooth with the added bonus that if someone you're very 'close' to pisses you off you can always wipe your face against the hair grain to give them a serious case of shavers rash.

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Depilatory Creams:

Chemical depilatories, be they a liquid form or a cream, are used widely now in the world that is male. They’re products that can easily be obtained over the counter by yourself, your partner or a mate should you feel ‘uncomfortable’ buying them yourself. Don’t forget though that although called a ‘cream’ they’re STILL a chemical product that may contain chemicals that are irritating to your skin …. As the product will tell you ALWAYS do a patch test first to see how your skin reacts, and also to see how well it works. Different areas of your body will have different skin depths, surfaces and sensitivity so be mindful of that …. For example, I don’t know, maybe the area on your arms would be quite different to doing that area we’re all quite fond of known as your ‘balls’ …. Ya’ think ?

God I hope you’re sober for this next bit then …. Proteins in hair, called Keratin, are arranged in straight ‘bundles’ and these ‘bundles’ are held together by disulphinde bonds which give hair its strength, they’re also the key component of not only your hair but your nails also. Common chemicals such as calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate combined with calcium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide break down these disulphide bonds in the keratin and so weaken the keratin of your hairy legs so that you can scrape or wash it off, and yes that was all in English !

One thing you may want to be mindful of though is that your skin is also rich in keratin ….. oh-oh, yep … soooo if you leave it on longer than you should, and we guys do have a tendency to think more is best, your skin may react in a way that will see you burning the bejeezus out of it and leaving anything from a slight redness, to full on blistering. I can remember a client coming to me that, because he couldn’t get in when he wanted to, he decided to use a popular hair removal cream. When I saw him at my studio he was covered, and I mean COVERED, in what looked like a bunch burns from where a bunch of angry smokers had used him to butt their cigarettes out on. …. I was too scared to look at his man bits in case I would cry.

So what are their Pros and Cons of depilatory creams then ?

  • Pros
    • It’s a relatively fast method, just wait the recommended time and you’re done
    • Inexpensive ? I’ve not ever bought any so not sure but doubt it’d be more than coffee and lunch.
    • If you do it right it’d be pain free.
    • You don’t need a degree to use them, just the ability to read the instructions …. Oh the tricky bit would be to follow those instructions correctly !
    • Done in the privacy of your own home, unless you leave the curtains open and the neighbours see you then it’ll be all over Facebook, twitter and the likes.
    • If you’re not embarrassed, it’s easily available over the counter
  • Cons
    • As noted above, it can react with the keratin in your skin as well resulting in slight redness to full-on blistering.
    • Be mindful that you’re only getting rid of the hair to ‘skin level’ similar as if you shaved … maybe the chemicals will get your fuzz a micro-millimetre closer in. Regrowth then will be quick, within a day or two depending on where you used it.
    • If you have the whole Black Forrest thing going on where you have thousands of hairs per cm2 then your skin may appear to have a dark shadow-like appearance. Why ? Because, although your hair has gone from the surface, the roots are still intact and full of colour and therefore visible through your skin, assuming you didn’t burn your skin off too. 

 

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Bleaching

Bleaching is the ‘magic’ way of getting rid of your hair through illusion. It doesn’t actually remove the hair at all but rather is just a way of making the hair less noticeable really and probably used more widely on women’s faces with the darker ‘fluff’ that appears on the upper lip or sides of face. Bleaching is done the same way that a hairdresser gives you highlights or makes you blonde, a chemical is wacked on to the hair, allowed to process and then washed off. The chemical removes all the pigmentation of the hair leaving it bleached ‘white’ and therefore is practically invisible against the skin … as … there … is … no … colour … in … it … duh !

This is very different to the depilatory creams as they actually break down the keratin and thus dissolve the hair, hopefully not reacting with the keratin in the surrounding skin either … youch !

Pros and Cons of bleaching hair removal

  • Pros
    • It’s fast, easy and generally ‘without’ risks.
    • Easy to use.
    • The stuff isn’t that expensive.
    • No ingrown hairs.
  • Cons
    • It still doesn’t leave your skin smooth and hairless.
    • It isn’t going to make those long, thick hairs disappear, only the finer ones such as the ‘bumfluff’ that may be on your top lip, sides of your face and/or on your bum.
    • It’s not rocket science but just like you see those people out there that have had their hair bleached and then that skanky regrowth appears like a drag strip, the same with your bumfluff you’ve bleached. It’s only the hair on the outside of your skin that’s been bleached so as the hair grows the ‘roots’ will appear dark so you’ll have that skanky look going on over your lip … could start a new fashion trend though ?
    • Temporary skin discolouration, the possibility is there that if you have darker skin, you could end up lightening your skin tone as well, but this’ll only last a day or two.
    • Faaarken youch factor …. A little tingle sensation is normal but if you feel a burn then it’s a good indication that the bleach is too strong for your skin. If you see someone walking around with big red marks under their schnozer they’ve probably overcooked their upper lip … it may even blister …. Not very attractive the night before your wedding eh !

 

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Drugs for Hair Removal

Sorry, time to get technical again …  

The drugs come in two main forms, as cream applied externally or those taken orally.

  • Cream
    • Vaniqa applied externally is used mainly on the face and works by reducing the production of androgens such as testosterone. This reduces the conversion of androgens that usually stimulate the chemicals in the hair follicle to grow so they act more to inhibit the growth of hair rather than to actually remove them applied externally or others that are taken orally. This cream takes about 8 weeks to show their effect and only last about 8 weeks after you’ve stopped using it and then hair growth returns to normal.
  • Androgen Blockers
    • These work by reducing the levels of testosterone or is derivatives in the body. They need a period of many moths to show significant effect and like anything else, once you stop taking them hair growth recurs within a few months.
      • The main types of oral meds are Spironolactone, Finasteride, Flutajide, Cyproterone Acetate, Ketoconazole and Gonadotrophin, there’s also Eflrnithine cream or Vaniqa

Pros and Cons of Drug assisted Hair Removal

  • Pros
    • Some people have reported positive results
    • Painless except for the $80 you had to pay your doctor to get the prescription
  • Cons
    • Like all types of medications there may be some unwanted side effects so you’d really have to wonder whether it’s worth it.
      • Side effects from using the creams may have you experiencing skin reactions in the form of redness, burning sensations, rash and aggravation of acne. The drug side effects do vary from drug to drug but some of these side effects may have diuretic symptoms, breast enlargement, increased libido (decreased in men unfortunately) and foetus abnormalities.
    • Drugs don’t have instant results and may take time to work.
    • Some of the drugs out there are expensive.
    • Not all countries have the drugs available.

 

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Shaving

Unless you’re pre-pubescent, in which case you shouldn’t really be reading this, we’ve all had experience with shaving. For those still confused then, shaving is basically cutting the hair off level with the skin’s surface with a razor, blade of some sort, knife, hedge clippers, samurai sword or sharpened scallop shell.

Pros and cons of shaving

  • Pros
    • Depending on the type of instrument that you’ve heroically chosen it’s relatively inexpensive.
    • Depending on your ability with said instrument it’s relatively painless, provided you don’t douse yourself in an after shave.
    • It’s quick and easy really requiring only a few minutes each morning or night.
    • Shaving creams these days are great for keeping your skin soft, supple and noice to the touch.
    • Manual shaving is one of the easiest of ways to keep hair growth under check when travelling
  • Cons
    • The bastards are back the next day
    • Not only are they back and raring their ugly heads the next day, they’re also blunt. Because you’ve cut them off at near to their thickest part, as your hair grows back it’s known as ‘stubble’ and likely to keep any amorous advance by someone from happening. The term ‘Gravel rash’ comes to mind and we won’t go in to details where that occurred alright ;-)
    • Hands up those of you who have experienced nicks, cuts, slices, gouges and to top it all off razor burns ? I once shaved ‘quickly’ on a flight between Paris and Amsterdam …. I arrived in Amsterdam looking as though every capillary in my face decided to spontaneously combust ….. Air turbulence whilst shaving isn’t a recommended bucket experience let me tell you !!!!
    • Ingrown hairs, white heads or pimples. The face is one thing, a few ingrown hairs that because of the speed of which the beard growth occurs is almost gone within a few days. The body on the other hand is a different ball game. Quite prone for some people is the chest and pubic areas especially for getting in grown hairs. Here’s a link for more on ingrown hairs and how to possibly deal with them.
    • Manually shaving takes F O R E V E R
    • The blades dull quite quickly and require replacement some 5 or so days later.
    • Not overly as versatile and require water as part of the process

 

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Waxing

For more detailed ranting on waxing follow this link

Waxing is an effective method when you want to remove large amounts of hair at the one time. Wax is smeared over the hairs of the area you want to be free of hair, smooth and sexy …... This is not in any way candle wax we’re talking about here either as that is another topic entirely and nothing to do with waxing really ;-)

Your hairs become embedded in the wax, which as it cools grabs a hold on them nice and tight and then you’ll notice the smile on my face as the hair is ‘ripped out’ by the roots. If done by your partner and not a professional your eyes may roll in to the back of your head, your skin goes a very trendy shade of zombie grey and you may even have a spot of pee in your pants. Don’t worry though, you’ll be brought back to reality by the infectious laughter of your significant other hopefully.

Pros and Cons of waxing

  • Pros
    • Similar to shaving and depilatory creams this is only a temporary form of hair removal. Hair will start growing back but not for a few weeks as opposed to shaving and depilatory creams where the hair will be growing back within a day or two.
    • Great if you aren’t a ‘gravel rash’ lover or into bristles as because the hair grows back from ‘nothing’ it regrows fine and soft before thickening up to the normal feel of full grown hair.
    • If you’re getting one of my BBC treatments you’ll be getting HEAPS of attention down there. As one of my clients told me, “I always know when it’s time to go back and see Zaque as my wife starts losing interest with my man bits because the hair at some point starts to grow back. So, before it returns to pre-waxing enforced celibacy I know that it’s time to come back to you and let you work your magic”
  • Cons
    • There’s got to be some hair there for the wax to grab on to before it can be ripped out, it can be as little as a few millimetres but if you’re a stripper, pole dancer, sex worker or a footballer you may not want hair to be visible at any time. Now it may just be me thinking out loud, but isn’t a man meant to have some hair somewhere other than on his head to pass the fact that he’s no longer a teenager ?
    • Painful …. Just asked the poor bastard described above that’s still laid out moaning on the floor, all grey and ashen, after his inexperienced waxing buddy just tried to give him the smoothest balls in the neighbourhood and instead is now running around the house trying to find the said ‘smooth’ balls still ricocheting off the walls. Ok, enough projecting of my own experience playing ‘client’ to someone ….. some of my clients almost sleep through their waxing sessions so it’s all relative I guess to one’s own pain threshold.
    • For best results you do have to have a regular waxing maintenance regime.
    • Ingrown hairs, folliculitis, pimples may result in waxed areas …. See link for more detail on these issues.
    • Techniques of the person ripping your hairs out may see you bruising, especially around the inner thigh or for some skin types around your balls you might experience skin ‘tearing’ …. WTF !

 

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Sugaring

Sugaring is a method of removing hair in the same way as waxing. It’s a product that you can easily make up at home yourself and has the consistency of a thick caramel …. Google it as there are quite a few recipes out there. Traditionally it’s one of the earliest forms of hair removal made up from a mix of lemon juice, sugar and water … yep that’s it not much to it really eh ?!

Pros and Cons of Sugaring

  • Pros
    • Soooo easy to clean up, just add warm water and it cleans off albeit may be some sticky residue but you don’t have to be a numb nut to know all you have to do with that is wash it off with soap and water, or get someone to lick it off it that floats your boat.
    • Can be used on sensitive areas of the skin, such as your ‘nether’ regions.
  • Cons
    • You have to cook it yourself or get your mum to cook it for you. The recipe can at times be a pain in the arse and take a while to master as you can’t let it turn to toffee and from the several recipes that I’ve seen they do differ, so just take your time and get it right.

 

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Threading

Threading is a technique that’s as old as the hills ! School is still out on its origins, some will say its ancient Middle Eastern, some will say it’s an ancient African technique and then there are those that will argue it’s ancient Indian …. Whatever …. It’s a bloody old way of doing something but a good one. It’s gaining in popularity though as more and more people from those regions immigrate and bring with them their various customs. Friends of mine swear by it as their preferred way of shaping their eyebrows and ridding themselves of their monobrow. The person doing the threading uses a long thread that is double-backed on itself, one end sometimes held strongly between their teeth and the other their hand. As they twist the thread in a pattern the individual hairs are caught around the twisted thread and then ripped out… viola !!! Maybe even a tap dance routine.

Pros and Cons of Threading

  • Pros
    • Nothing touches your skin but the thread and that’ll be thrown out after each use, hopefully.
    • It’s very precise as it removes one hair at a time so a greater uniformity can be achieved between the two brows providing the ability for more detailed definition.
  • Cons
    • If the practitioner uses their teeth to hold one end of the thread should they have bad breath you may find that an issue …. Unless of course they’re an alcoholic and you happen to be one as well.
    • Like a lot of hair removal methods, hairs can break off instead of being pulled out and so will regrow within days.
    • Although it’s becoming more and more popular, finding someone experienced in threading can be a hard task. Check out the local suburbs where people from those areas have settled and you’ll probably find heaps of them.
    • Threading is generally only performed on the face and not the body …. Really doubt whether anyone would want to head down and thread out your arsehole ?

 

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Plucking

Spelt with a 'P' ..... I shouldn’t need to crap on to much about plucking should I ?

Pros and cons of plucking

  • Pros
    • Great way of attacking those one or two hairs going AWOL.
    • Great way to keep your eyebrows in check after having them waxed …. Use the waxed area as your guide line.
  • Cons
    • Painful, faaaar out man, when was the last time you tried to use your mirror to align your tweezers to the one annoying strand of hair sticking out of your nostril ? 20 minutes later you frustratingly end up with 2 hairs in the firm grip of your tweezers when you think ‘what the frak, I’m going to yank them anyways’ ….. OMG, how many litres of water came weeping out of your eyes afterwards, and your nose probably dribbled too ?
    • Be careful of fashion trends, I’ve got a cousin who plucked her eyebrows to what was considered uber trendy at the time …. Now she has hardly a hair left and has to draw them on, all that time plucking they’ve obviously thought ‘frak you’ and haven’t grown back.
    • Some of you guys out there just don’t know when to stop tweezing your eyebrows, it’s enough that you got rid of a few rogue eyebrow hairs but to look invoke the jealousy of every female model out there is a bit much don’t you think. A bit of shaping is ok but how can anyone look at your masculinity when you have the most feminine eyebrows ??
    • Hard to find the hair using a mirror requiring sober hand/eye co-ordination, see above example.
    • Time consuming depending on the area you’re doing …. You wouldn’t want to pluck an entire back as I doubt that you’d live long enough to finish the job.

 

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Abrasives for Hair Removal

There are many forms of abrasives and quite a few that some of you have discovered by ‘accident’ such as falling of your motorbike travelling at 90km per hour, not a great way of hair removal I’d say ? Abrasive hair removal basically works by rubbing that generates friction and wears the hair down to skin level, unless you’re stupid enough to go further.

  • Pumice stones …. They have a texture perfectly suited for removing dead skin and were used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks as they didn’t have motorbikes back then. The pumice stone used for hair removal is different to the one used for dead skin removal around your heels which is quite coarse, the one for hair removal is finer but these stones are harder to find.
  • Fine grain graphite paper like you might use in metal or woodworking but they’ll be in the form of a glove to use rather than grabbing your partners disc sander out of the work shed.

If you intend to go down this path then maybe shave first and get rid of most of the hair then, when the hair starts to grow back a day or two later, use your choice of abrasion to wear the hair down. It’s going to be a lot easier to wear stubble down than long leg hair right !? Don’t use this technique on your face though, it’s best suited to legs, arms, scalp etc. and not soft skin …. Definitely NOT on your balls !

Pros and Cons of Abrasive Hair Removal

  • Pros
    • Cheap and easy to use.
    • Less likely to cause skin irritation such as those possibly received by chemical depilatories or waxing, unless of course you used your partners disc sander.
  • Cons
    • As it will only remove the hair to the skins surface you’ll need to be doing this very frequently.
    • There’s a tendency for some to think that by rubbing harder you get a better result …. Ummm NO ! Move the glove in gentle circular strokes whilst applying a small amount of pressure, the other hand is holding the skin taut.

 

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LASER Hair Removal

For greater detail check out the link to the Laser page …… grab a coffee before you do though as it’s quite a read and my fingers have only just healed from thumping away at the keyboard.

LASER penetrates the skin to target the melanin of the hair shaft and blasts the living shit out of the papilla, or root as you and I would call it. As a result, the majority of the hair is cactus and you won’t see it again. This’ll be achieved over several sessions and your hair could be reduced with results of up to 90% but, like all things, your result will be dependent on several things, so ….. you’re going to have to make that coffee and read the separate section on LASER for more info.

Pros and Cons of LASER hair removal

  • Pro’s
    • Fantastic for long term hair reduction and you can piss those razors or wax sessions off.
    • It doesn’t inflict anywhere near the pain that waxing does. This is something my clients are noting when they’ve crossed over the line and are now getting LASER treatments instead of waxing, and it could be because of the machine I have and the technology behind it.
    • Black and white ….. The darker your hair and lighter your skin you’ll achieve the best results. LASER targets the melanin ….  Your hair is dark because of the amount of melanin in it so ideally you’d have lighter skin that contains very little melanin as you surely don’t want your skin absorbing the laser energy, ONLY the hair ? Look, as long as there’s a distinction between your hair colour and your skin colour you should get a consultation to see if the LASER is doable for you.
    • You’ll save money in the long run. If you’re someone that has a 5 week waxing maintenance program then within a few years you’ll have spent the same amount on LASER. With waxing though, you’ll still be doing it in 10 years’ time. Laser on the other hand after several sessions that’s it apart from you once or twice a year maintenance visit, and most people don’t even bother with that.
  • Con’s
    • Some people say it’s like getting flicked with a rubber band, but I guess that depends on how close to you the person is that’s flicking you.
    • Cost ….. Although over a period of time it’s well worth the money, it can be an expensive exercise in the short term. These costs can vary so much between state to state, business to business or whether you’re in the city or out the back of Bum Fuck.
    • As with one of the pros, the con would be that it won’t work on ‘sparkles’ or grey hair for those of you in denial. It won’t work on blondes either and it has nothing to do with that IQ misnomer but it’s to do with the fact that there’s no or very little melanin in the hair. So before you start turning grey, get it done !
    • Consistency and technique …. Results can vary greatly even if you go to the same business house. Over the course of your several treatments you may also have several different people administer them to you and as everyone will have their own way of going about things, different techniques etcetera will produce different results
    • Be very wary of discounted offers that off you cheap $90 consultations and ‘3 areas for $99’ offers as after one or two visits you may be stung then with the ‘real’ cost of further treatments. Read between the lines and shop around.

 

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IPL Hair Removal

IPL is an acronym for ‘Intense Pulse Light’. IPL and Lasers work in similar ways in that they both send energy in the form of light in to the hair follicle. As with Laser, the light is absorbed by the hair follicle and is destroyed by the heat thus generated. How they do it is the real difference ….. for more on IPL check out my page on the topic of IPLs.

IPL is a method that is a lot more like the flash that you get from a camera flash rather than a distinct beam of light as you’d get from a LASER. IPL, because of its broad light spectrum is able to be used for other treatments such as the reduction in wrinkles, thread veins, some sun damage, acne and birth marks.

IPL produces an intense flash of light covering a wide range of wavelengths from 500 to 1200 nanometres (nm). Because of the wide range of wavelengths produced by the flash of light, special filters are used to remove the unwanted wavelengths and only keep those required for the specific skin concern being addressed.

 


Pros and Cons of IPL Hair Removal

    • Pros
      • Considered to be less painful than other methods.
      • Effective for removing hair from large areas such as backs or legs.
    • Cons
      • Cost, although in general the costs are coming down considerably.
      • Slight redness, swelling and or feeling sore as if you’ve been sunburnt.
      • Hyper-pigmentation or changing of skin colour
      • Blistering
      • Since the light targets melanin, or the pigment that gives skin and hair its colour, people with dark hair will have more success than those with lighter hair, blondes or those with grey hair can’t be treated.
      • Scarring
      • Slight swelling
      •  

What is the difference between IPL and LASER then you may ask ? …. Well you should because these two technologies is probably what you’re deciding between and it’s certainly the main question I had when out looking to buy the best machine for the type of work that I wanted to do.

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Mechanical forms of Hair Removal

Images of cartoons where the character unfortunately is in the path of a rogue lawn mower that shaves a strip into their fur comes to mind but it doesn’t have to be quite like that. There are a few devices out there to mechanically remove unwanted hair.

Epilation

It’s a small electrically operated machine with either a coiled spring or rubber roller which rotates at speed catching the hair and pulling it out. A bit like a combine harvester I guess or an automated potato harvesting machine but without the need to sit under something the size of a Russian tank to move over you and rip out every hair you’ve got.

Pros and Cons of Epilation as a Hair Removal method.

  • Pros
    • They’re relatively cheap and available at many outlets such as chemists or department stores.
    • They’re easy to use, no messy clean up and don’t take hours out of your day.
  • Cons
    • Pain …. Everyone has a different pain tolerance, I’ve never used one personally but I’d imagine it’d be like plucking out a single hair but on a much greater scale.
    • They’re mechanical so efficiency isn’t their best asset, they’ll often miss a hair or two, or three or four.

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Clippers

More on this subject can be found on my body clip page but for a quickie, and quickies do have their place in the order of things.

Clippers can be bought anywhere and everywhere. They’ve a range of different combs so that you can easily interchange between various lengths to get the best effect for the look that you want. Obviously the best way to clip would be to book an appointment to see me and let me do a better job.

Many a client has come in for a wax or massage and I’ve noticed that they’ve clipped themselves, now ….. for no charge and because they’re my client and I ‘feel’ for them, I can’t have them walking around looking like road kill with tufts of hair sprouting out everywhere. I’ll offer to tidy them up and make them at least look sexy rather than something from an old side show attraction.

For the short term though, giving yourself a ‘once over’ with the clippers can suffice for your body-hair needs. There are MANY types of clippers out there so it’s just a matter of what your like and are willing to spend as to which type you get.

Pros and Cons of using Clippers

  • Pros
    • Quick and easy
    • Various length combs help you to grade your body hair to achieve the desired result.
    • Best way to look neat and tidy without looking like you’ve been over groomed.
  • Cons
    • Results can be quite random as it’s hard for some people to reach around and do the back of their thighs. When you do it yourself, and even though you’re using a #3 comb the chances of you missing patches is high.
    • Skin sensitivity may leave red lines or marks on the skin …. The ‘tracks’ of where you’ve been.
    • The regrowth period isn’t as noticeable when compared to waxing. The difference between the look of totally smooth to being hairy isn’t near as noticeable as from just clipped to needing another clip.

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Electric Razors

I shouldn’t need to explain what these are should I ???

Pros and Cons of using electric razors

  • Pros
    • Electric shavers have the extra bonus that as they roll up the skin, they’re effectively forcing the hairs to stand up before they’re cut off achieving a closer shave meaning one wouldn’t need to over and over as many times.
    • Electric shavers are more portable, heavier than a normal disposable razor granted, and as long as there’s a power point to plug them in to, you’re good to go.
    • No shaving shit to cart along with you everywhere …. Soaps, gels, shaving cream, shaving foam and so forth and so forth aren’t necessarily required depending on your own grooming regime.
  • Cons
    • Electric shavers do shave close, and a heck-of-a-lot closer than a clipper, but not as close as a manual razor which will give you that super-smooth finish once the blood’s been washed off and the cuts healed.
    • For some people it’ll take time to work out how to get the best result from using electric shavers but that could also be said I think, for all types of hair removal methods.
    • Cleaning and maintenance of the shaver.
    • Have to have a power source handy whether they’re rechargeable or mains direct. If using power cell batteries then you’ll need replacements handy ‘just in case’
    • Some could be regarded as being quite expensive, do your needs warrant this amount of money

 

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